Quality Chess Academy
It was very intensive and high quality training with top players all over the world. It was a super friendly atmosphere with everyone coming together as a complete group. Jacob has already proved the world he is one of the best trainers in the world. His methods were quite unique for me & I am sure it is going to be very helpful to improve as a player.
In July 2018 I visited Jacob's training camp in Glasgow. It was a wonderful experience where I met some great people. I would heartily recommend Jacob as a trainer. He really pushes you to reach your limits. His preparation is meticulous and his organisation is quite strict. On the first day with all the tough material I felt like such a lousy chess player, but day after day I felt my chess muscles growing, The camp was very motivating to keep working on chess in a consistent manner and try to improve slowly but surely. What I did not expect to be so instructive, is working in a group. We were with eight people and I learned a lot of the other's input. If I have time and can get days off of work, I would surely visit his camps again.
I have read most of Jacob’s books. I always enjoyed reading them and I thought that it would be interesting to have a training session (camp) with him. I learnt a lot about myself, how I think and, the most important: he showed me a way to improve. Now, all depends on me!
The chess camp organized Mr Aagaard worked as a mirror for me to understand my strengths and weaknesses. The group was a mix of strong GMs and IMs and I found it really interesting to see how players of different strengths think and react to different situations Jacob was a man of wisdom and a task master. The amount of analysis he has done on many chess positions are mind boggling. He was always ahead of us in chess analysis but I did manage to beat him in badminton doubles which was a consolation for me. A special mention to Kallia who worked really hard to make our stay comfortable. She was an excellent cook which was a bonus of the camp.
I was Jacob’s student for many years (2006 till 2012). He is a great coach as well as a friend and I’m very thankful for all of his lessons both in and out of the chessboard. Ironically my greatest achievements of winning the Wjik Aan Zee C-group with 11/13, achieving a 2600+ rating and soon after qualification to the World Cup, happened right after we stopped working together, it was obvious that they were the fruit of our previous efforts. Thank you Jacob!
I have participated in Jacob Aagaard’s training camps twice – 2017 and 2018. Every day of both camps have been filled with great training that has not only sharpened my chess and given valuable input on places where I could improve, but also inspired me to work just as hard once I returned home. All participants (and the coach ) were friendly as well as strong chess players. Spending a week in such company, offered me a great time, as well as a chance to learn something and to improve.
Jacob’s training methods are truly unique, which made the camp intense and fun. The difficulty of the training positions was exorbitant, forcing you to push yourself. Working with other strong players during the camp was a great opportunity to interact and learn from them as well. I would strongly recommend attending Jacob’s training camps to understand how one should work to become a chess professional.